Shauna Springer, Ph.D., earned her undergraduate degree in english literature from Harvard University and her doctoral degree in counseling psychology from the University of Florida. She has particular expertise in marital counseling, stressor effects on marriage, trauma recovery, and women's issues. She is currently a staff psychologist in the Veterans Health Care System of Northern California (VA NCHCS) and the lead clinician of the VA NCHCS Relationship Therapy Workgroup. With the support of VA administration, Dr. Springer and her colleagues have developed and launched a new line of services, offering group education on close relationships and parenting topics via telehealth technology to VA clinics across the northern California region. She has also worked in a successful private practice, three university counseling centers, and a clinic specialized in the treatment of OCD and other anxiety disorders.
Dr. Springer has co-authored several publications in professional journals and books. Her research has been presented at multiple conferences and she was awarded the McLaughlin Dissertation Research Award for her meta-analysis of stressor effects on marriage in an aggregated sample of over 164,000 married individuals. In 2008, she organized and coordinated The Lifestyle Poll Project, a study of over 1,200 well-educated women. While the divorce rate in the general population is around 50% for first marriages, the divorce rate in this sample was a mere 6%. In February 2012, she published her first book, Marriage, for Equals: The Successful Joint (Ad)Ventures of Well-Educated Couples (marriageforequals.com) to profile these successful marriages and share the stories of the very happily married women who participated in the Lifestyle Poll. Dr. Springer offers small groups and larger-scale seminars and workshops in Walnut Creek, CA and the surrounding communities (www.hiddenivy.com).